STEM Programs and Resources for Teachers

Teacher participating in the STEM Discovery Lab's teacher training program

STEM programs for teachers are intensive summer institutes and school-embedded teacher professional learning to:

  • Enrich K-12 math and science curriculum with computing and engineering
  • Design lab activities that integrate mathematics, science, and computational practices
  • Develop teaching strategies that are culturally relevant to all learners. 
Contact & VISIT

Getting to Know ArcGIS online:

This workshop will provide hands-on practice using ArcGIS Online (available to anyone for free) to create custom online maps and share them with others. Differences between the types of ArcGIS Online accounts will be discussed at the workshop (public, subscription). All exercises will be conducted with the free (public) account, but will be directly relevant to users who have subscription accounts.

DATES:

September 12
9:00-noon

FEE:

$59

Location:

STEM Discovery Lab
 

Register Online
 

Telling your story with maps:

Have an interesting historical downtown that you want people to visit? Looking to engage people of a community to explore their town and provide their thoughts? Hoping to have your audience prepare for meeting by looking at maps/pictures/videos? Driven by Esri's ArcGIS Online, Story Maps are a great way to share your information and tell your story to a wide variety of stakeholders (no coding experience necessary!)

NOTE: In order to get the most out of this workshop, you should have either taken our Getting to Know ArcGIS Online workshop or have experience using ArcGIS Online. 

DATES:

September 12
1:00 - 4:00

FEE:

$59

Location:

STEM Discovery Lab
 

Register Online

 

Mobile Mapping made easy:

Learn to use your mobile device (smartphone, tablet) to collect data in the field and make a map on your computer! Whether you want to use your smartphone to make maps for fun or for work, this workshop is for you. This class starts with a review of the most capable mapping apps available for iOS and Android. We then get outdoors to learn how to collect data using using a mobile device. Once finished, each participant will use the data they just collected to make an online map. Finally, we will learn how to upload data to the mobile device from a computer.

DATES:

September 14
1:00 - 4:00

FEE:

$59

Location:

STEM Discovery Lab
 

Register Online

 

Mobile Mapping for GIS Data collection:

Learn how to get a group of people (or just yourself) using mobile devices (smartphones, tablets) to collect GIS data in the field, complete with drop-down menus and online syncing! This class will cover the use of two mobile data collection apps - Survey123 and Collector - to plan and carry out field data collection projects using Esri's ArcGIS Online platform. The workshop will begin by covering the basics of mobile data collection and will progress into the setup and hands-on use of both apps. Each participant will learn how to configure each app for field data collection, and then use the apps to collect data in the field. The workshop will end with a discussion of strategies regarding how these apps could be used to conduct mapping projects.

DATES:

September 14
1:00 - 4:00

FEE:

$59

Location:

STEM Discovery Lab
 

Register Online

 

introduction to arcgis:

Learn the basics of working with ArcGIS 10.3 in a hands-on learning environment! This course is useful for people who have no prior GIS experience, as well as those who have used ArcGIS, but are new to ArcGIS 10.3. Familiarity with Windows is highly recommended.

With a focus on New Hampshire data and applications, participants learn how to use ArcGIS 10.3 to produce attractive, effective maps. In addition, each participant receives their own detailed step-by-step manual to use as a reference after the course is over. 

DATES:

September 19-21
1:00 - 4:00

FEE:

$349 for 3 day workshop

Location:

STEM Discovery Lab
 

Register Online

Coding is a necessary skill for the 21st century. Within minutes, you and your students can learn how to code using a simple programming language, Scratch. You will leave with several examples of your own code that you can use in your classroom, plus "unplugged" activities that support both state standards and computational thinking. (K-12) Instructor: Laura Nickerson

Date and Time:

Saturday, November 4, 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Location:

UNH STEM Discovery Lab 
88 Commercial Street
Manchester, NH

Registration: 

$75, includes lunch

Register online 

For more information:

Emily Kerr, emily.kerr@unh.edu, 603-641-4320

Sponsored by: 

UNH STEM Teachers Collaborative and the STEM Discovery Lab

 

UNH Cooperative Extension STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Docents are individuals dedicated to strengthening youths appreciation and understanding of STEM. Learn about the specifics of becoming a STEM Docent volunteer for our Mousetrap Car Engineering curriculum.

  • Receive in-depth, ongoing training on inquiry-based, NGSS-aligned curriculum and how to deliver STEM activities to engage youth.
  • Volunteer to teach multi-day, two hour lessons in classrooms or out-of-school-time programs. Receive training for no fee.
  • Already work in the classroom? Become trained to integrate this engaging STEM curriculum in your classroom and join a statewide network of STEM Docents. PD hours documentation available.
Dates:

Next training Spring 2018

Location:

UNH Manchester
88 Commerical St. 
Manchester, NH

Fee:

$250 (if taking the training to volunteer as a STEM Docent, there is no fee required.)

Sponsored by:

UNH Cooperative Extension

Questions:

Contact Emily Kerr

Seeds and Plants

Soil is the most important component of growing food.  Humans rely directly on the health of the soil in which they are growing food.  

Food Systems thinking involves a holistic approach to examining how our food is grown, harvested, packed, shipped and eaten.

Educating our youth about Food Systems is relevant, rigorous, engaging and involves the inquiry process.  

In this workshop, we will explore the science behind soil and ways to engage youth in this topic.

Date & Time:

Next training in Fall 2017

Location:

UNH STEM Discovery Lab
88 Commerical St. 
Manchester, NH 03101

 

Soil

Through plants we receive oxygen, nutrients, nourishment and enjoyment when we can grow them and cook them! In this workshop, we will explore the science behind seeds and plants and ways to engage youth in this topic.

Food Systems thinking involves a holistic approach to examining how our food is grown, harvested, packed, shipped and eaten. Educating our youth about Food Systems is relevant, rigorous, engaging and involves the inquiry process.  

In this workshop, we will explore the science behind seeds and plants and ways to engage youth in this topic.

Date & Time:

Next training in Fall 2017

Location:

UNH STEM Discovery Lab
88 Commerical St.
Manchester, NH 03101
 

Sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension

Inquiry Teaching Methods
Next Training in Fall 2017

 

Participants will learn the fundamentals of inquiry-based instruction and how to integrate NGSS science practices including how to ask investigable questions, planning an investigation and sharing results. You will conduct an inquiry investigation on their own and learn how to “shift” or change existing science activities into authentic inquiry-based activities that integrate NGSS science and engineering practices.  This 24 hour course includes 7 classes on Wednesday evenings from 3:30-6:30.  Class meets on March 8, 15, 22, 25, 29, April 12 and May 10.  One full day class is on March 25 from 9-4pm. All classes are at the UNH STEM Discovery Lab at Manchester. Registration Required; Space is limited.

Location:
UNH STEM Discovery Lab
88 Commercial St
Manchester, NH 03101 

Fee:
$250 per person
Scholarships Available

Sponsored by:
UNH Cooperative Extension

For more information:
Sarah Grosvenor
sarah.grosvenor@unh.edu
603-641-4120

Manchester is a regional site for the Mobile CS Principles Professional Development program, which is NSF-funded and offered by the STEM Discovery Lab in collaboration with the UNH Manchester Computing Technology program.

High school teachers participate in the summer workshop and school year PD activities to pilot the Mobile CS Principles course designed to help broaden participation in computer science among high school girls and underrepresented minorities.

Location & Dates:
 

Location: UNH STEM Discovery Lab and online
Dates: Coming soon! 

For more information contact:  Karen Jin, Program Director and Assistant Professor of Computer Science.

STEM Docents are individuals trained to deliver high quality STEM programming to youth around New Hampshire. Join our team for the next STEM Docent training! This training will focus on engaging youth with computer coding through mobile application development. Already work with youth? The training may also be taken as professional development. PD hours and CEU documentation available.

Dates:
October 17 & 24
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location:
UNH STEM Discovery Lab
88 Commercial St
Manchester, NH 03101 

Fee:
Volunteer track: paid for by UNH Cooperative Extension
Professional Development: $250

Register online

Sponsored by:
UNH Cooperative Extension

For more information:
Sarah Grosvenor
sarah.grosvenor@unh.edu
603-641-4120

STEM Docent Stream Safari Training
Next Training in Fall 2017

 

Stream Safari provides a series of hands-on, minds-on lessons that provide an introduction to the science of stream ecology. Scientists use various techniques to study streams and within Stream Safari students will have opportunities to conduct stream assessments which fall into 3 categories: biological, physical and chemical. Each of these assessments will provide a particular set of water quality data. The culminating activity provides a time for reflection on our human impact on the stream ecosystem. The overarching question of Stream Safari is to investigate whether or not the water body being studied is healthy.

Location:
UNH STEM Discovery Lab
88 Commercial St
Manchester, NH 03101 

Fee:
$125/person including Project WET/Wild Aqatic certification and books.

Sponsored by:
UNH Cooperative Extension

For more information:
Sarah Grosvenor
sarah.grosvenor@unh.edu
603-641-4120